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Cambridge is known first and foremost for being home to what is arguably the UK's top university town - and one that consistently gets into the top five educational institutions worldwide. The popularity of this university through time is reflected by Cambridge's remarkable architecture, which contributes to the colleges and surrounding buildings of the city.

Sitting pretty on the River Cam, Cambridge draws on a variety of historical and cultural influences to create a particularly unique destination in the East of England. The first settlements made in the area were during the Bronze Age and Roman eras, though things would pick up speed under Viking rule, after which it gained its initial town charters during the 12th century.

Many of the city's most famous sights belong to the university, including King's College Chapel, the Cavendish Laboratory and the University Library; however, many other hidden delights can be found on the winding streets of Cambridge. It's certainly a place that courts intrigue, as plenty of new experiences could just be waiting around the corner!

Hostels in Cambridge
Hostels in Cambridge

The historic city of Cambridge stands strong alongside Oxford, York and Edinburgh as one of the great "quintessentially British" places to visit. This university town is the jewel in the crown for the East of England, and a long stay is better value than ever at the Cambridge Backpackers' Hostel. Sitting pretty just 15 minutes' walk from the city centre, it offers easy access to the museums, art galleries and parks that have made Cambridge the place to be.


Five Free Things To Do In Cambridge

Cambridge University Botanic Garden
This fantastic destination was opened way back in 1846, and now displays over 8,000 different plant species in a huge 40 acres of landscaped gardens. A winter garden and countless glasshouses ensure that it's perfect for a visit all year round.

Fitzwilliam Museum
The Fitzwilliam Museum is one of the most popular destinations in the region and holds well over half a million artworks, making it a prime example of a regional museum in Europe.

The Corpus Clock, Corpus Christi College
Unveiled by Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking in 2008, this 24-carat gold-plated clock features a metal sculpture of an insect that looks like a combination of a grasshopper and locust. This "Chronophage" devours time every day.

St Bene't's Church
This Anglican church is the oldest standing building in Cambridge, built between 1000 and 1050AD. Sitting comfortably in one of the more peaceful and serene areas of the city, it could be the perfect place to relax during a long day.

King's College Chapel
This symbol of Cambridge is considered to be one of the best examples of late Perpendicular Gothic English architecture and was built by several successive Kings of England between 1446 and 1515; it remains an active house of worship.

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